Missing In America Project To Bury The Ashes of 15 Greenville Veterans

For the first time in our state, 15 "lost" veterans have been found and will be buried in Salisbury National Cemetery in North Carolina.

Friday's burial service was made possible by the Missing in America Project. Missing in America Project is a veteran recovery program which started in California in 2007. Since then, it's worked its way across the U.S.

It's a non-profit organization, and North Carolinians are donating their time to search for the missing veterans to give them the recognition they deserve.

Of the 102 unclaimed remains found in Greenville, 23 of them were veterans. Eight were taken home and, with the help of Smith and Funeral Cremation Services, 15 will be taken to the Salisbury National Cemetery on Saturday.

Charlie Warthing, the project's assistant vice president, says the goal is to reach out to every crematory, mortuary, and law enforcement agency in the state to find as many unclaimed veterans as possible.